The Miami Marlins took on the Philadelphia Phillies in the final game of the three game set hoping to avoid the sweep. Jacob Turner made the start for the Marlins coming off a very strong season debut in which he threw seven scoreless innings. They would be facing former ace Cole Hamels for the Phils who, incredibly, came into the game with a 1-9 record. Hamels would end up being too much for the Marlins as he struck out 11 in seven innings on the way to a 6-1 victory for the Phils.
Turner would do his part to help the Marlins try to avoid the sweep with his second very good start since being recalled from AAA NOLA. He was able to work around the four walks he issued to end up allowing just one run in six innings. Turner gave up four hits and struck out four Phils on the day and now has 0.69 ERA on the season. He was removed from the game after six innings having thrown 102 pitches, 61 of those for strikes.
The wheels would fall off for the Marlins in the seventh when AJ Ramos came on to relieve Turner with the score tied at 1. Ramos would strike out the first batter he faced before giving up 3 singles, a triple and a home run resulting in 5 runs for the Phils. Ramos came into the game with a respectable 3.45 ERA and exited with a disappointing 4.85 ERA.
On offense, the Marlins lone run came compliments of Derek Dietrich’s fourth home run on the season. Dietrich now has hits in 8 of his last 10 games though his batting average for the season stands at a lowly .223. With Donovan Solano coming off the DL soon, Dietrich needs to continue to prove he belongs up with the big club. Adeiny Hechavarria was the only Marlin with multiple hits as he ended up going 2-3 on the day to raise his average to a miserable .175 on the season.
The winning pitcher was Cole Hamels as he improved his record to 2-9 and the loss went to AJ Ramos who dropped to 0-2.
Up Next: After an off day on Thursday, the Marlins face off against the New York Mets in a weekend series. The Friday night matchup will be especially intriguing as the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez (3-3) faces off against the Mets’ Matt Harvey (5-0).